I believe that Republican Mitt Romney badly underestimates the growing pull of this burning issue to motiviate middle-class and working-class Americans to reelect Barack Obama to a second term.
Today in battleground state Ohio, a Cincinnati crowd erupted wildly, and spontaneously, when President Obama mentioned Obamacare.
In my own family, I was startled at the open elation of our GenX adult daughter and her husband, both political Independents, when the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare... at how relieved they were to know that, despite being small business owners, they would be guaranteed affordable health care coverage.
President Obama told the cheering campaign-stump crowd today that he likes the moniker "Obamacare" for his signature legislation "... because I want people to know I care! And I do care."
"When I mentioned I am going to get rid of Obamacare they weren't happy... That's O.K, I want people to know what I stand for... I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy -- more free stuff."
"About 44 million people in this country have no health insurance, and another 38 million have inadequate health insurance. This means that nearly one-third of Americans face each day without the security of knowing that, if and when they need it, medical care is available to them and their families," per PBS.
Per mega-wealthy Mr. Romney, these 82 million American men, women and children are slackers, freeloaders, lazy miscreants who just "want more stuff from government, more free stuff."
I believe that Mr. Romney badly underestimates the power of this burning issue to motiviate middle-class and working-class Americans to reelect Barack Obama to a second term.
Nuns on a Bus: Protesting "Decreased Funding for Health Insurance"
One genial group that doesn't underestimate the importance of ObamaCare? A busload of Roman Catholic nuns who, remarkably, are traveling to battleground states Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan to spread their message protesting House Republicans' stingy budget.
The insistent Catholic sisters particularly object to "tax breaks to wealthy individuals and decreased funding for health insurance programs for low-income individuals " Said Sister Virginia Welsh of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, "I think a lot of times people aren't aware of particular items in the budget. This is making awareness in a novel way."
To underscore the importance of the nuns' message, a bipartisan coalition of women U.S. senators issued a resolution saluting "the Catholic Sisters' fulfillment of their vital missions to teach our children, care for the sick, feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, lead major institutions, demand corporate responsibility and fight for policies that promote human dignity." U.S. Senate signers of this resolution include:
- Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Republican
- Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Democrat
- Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Democrat
- Sen. Sharon Murkowski of Alaska, Republican
- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Democrat
- Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, Democrat
- Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, Republican
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Democrat
- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Democrat
- Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Democrat
- Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Democrat
- Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington, Democrat
Professor Sherry Glied of Columbia University commented to PBS:
"The people who are most at risk today are those who have no health insurance at all:
They could lose everything that they've saved in their lives because of some even fairly minor health problem."
- They're at risk of not getting regular care when they need it.
- They're at risk of not catching real problems before they get serious enough to not be treatable.
- They're at risk of not getting the best treatment when they actually do get sick.
- And they're at tremendous financial risk.
Indeed. Mitt Romney underestimates the growing powerful pull of Obamacare to drive desperate voters to the polls in support of the President.
I believe it could cost Mr. Romney the election.